Electrified cars break a sales record in France

New electrified cars have exceeded 20% market share in France since the start of the year, thus setting a new record.

New electric and plug-in hybrid cars attract ever more motorists to France. The latest figures indicate that the share of new electrified vehicles exceeded 20% (20.1%) over the period January-August. A figure never before reached on the French market, which confirms thecustomer appetite for new electrified models.

Electric cars are popular, hybrids are still stagnating

First observation of the last eight months, sales of new electric vehicles are exploding. According to manufacturer figures and the Automotive Platform, 100% electric vehicles reach 12.2% of total registrations in France since the start of the year. A figure that has risen sharply in recent months, which is partly explained by the maintenance of aid offered by the State. Manufacturers also highlighted new electrified models, detriment of new thermal models. The strong media coverage of the next ban on sales of thermal vehicles in 2035 has also pushed motorists to go electric.

Regarding hybrid vehicles, the situation remains mixed. New plug-in hybrid vehicles represent 7.8% of the car fleet. The delay with 100% electric vehicles has continued to grow in recent months. Especially since the vast majority of sales of new plug-in hybrid vehicles have been made to companies (75% of registrations since the start of the year). The fact that the public authorities support these vehicles less and less also dissuades customers from moving towards this engine. And this, despite a increasing offer from manufacturers.

Last interesting figure, electrified vehicles have now largely exceeded Diesel vehicles on the French car market. New electrified cars represent 20.1% of the market share, against 16.7% for diesels.

Peugeot leader in electrified cars in France

In France, it is the Peugeot brand that attracts the most customers with its electrified vehicles. Regarding electric cars, the Peugeot e-208 tops registrations with 11,970 units sold since January 1. She stands just in front of the Fiat 500 and, sold 11,185 copies. Completing the podium is the Dacia Spring with 10,852 units sold.

Regarding the plug-in hybrid vehicle market, the Lion brand, and in general the Stellantis group, provide the majority of sales. We thus find in first position the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid sold at 7,080 units. Comes in second place the new Peugeot 308 Hybrid (4,206 registrations since January) and in third position, the Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid, sold at 3,531 units. The vehicles of the Stellantis group are quite clearly ahead of the competition, since the 4th position is ensured by the Renault Captur E-Tech, sold to 2,100 copies.

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Prices are still very high

If electric vehicles continue to gain market share in France, the price of the latter is still very high. Regarding electric city cars, the price is sometimes twice as high as the thermal version. This is for example the case for the Peugeot e-208 displayed at a price of €33,000 while the thermal version starts at 16 400 €. The prices of electric vehicles remain, in general, very high and therefore inaccessible for a large part of motorists, despite the aid.

Same observation for plug-in hybrid vehicles. If the mixed consumption may seem very attractive, once the battery is discharged, these vehicles consume a lot, sometimes more than conventional thermal vehicles. With a much higher fuel budget provided that.

It remains to be seen how the prices of electrified cars will evolve in the coming months. Especially since the energy crisis that France and Europe are going through could reshuffle the registration cards.